Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

Posted September 16, 2017

The game has started and the World XI whose captain is the South African captain Faf du Plessis played their first T20 worldwide on Tuesday at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore against Pakistan.

With the series ending on a successful note, Pakistan have taken another step towards hosting global games on regular basis with the World XI players and support staffs deserving a lot of credit. Shehzad reached his fifty off 37 deliveries and struck three consecutive sixes in the 18th over to help Pakistan seize the momentum that they lost a bit in the middle.

The World XI team and International Cricket Council (ICC) officials accompanying them will give their feedback to FICA which will hopefully convince them to allow players to tour Pakistan. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Babar Azam, 4.

In the previous game, Pakistan who batted first scored a decent 174 runs with the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Hasan Ali's brilliant ball clipped the stumps and Cutting headed back to the pavilion after scoring just 5.

PCB is also in talks with Sri Lankan Cricket Board to stage the third T20 of the T20 series with Sri Lanka, due to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Lahore.

Set a target of 184 to win, the World XI only managed 150-8 at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium to concede the series to the home team by 2-1.

For Pakistan, pacer Hasan Ali was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 28 while Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari and Imad Wasim claimed one wicket each. England's World T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood and Tim Paine were left out. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB. "All of us (players) feel secure", Elliot was quoted as saying by Geo News ahead of the final T20 match of the Independence Cup.

Speaking on a television channel last night, Sethi said the itinerary for the matches against West Indies would be announced soon.

"The World XI is fully backed and supported by all the Test playing countries, all the professional cricketers union as well as the ICC. For a lot of guys who don't play a lot of global cricketthese days, this was terrific competition against a strong Pakistan side".

"We were a little sloppy today in the field", Ahmed said.